My mission statement in my handmade clothing business that I started in 2011, has always been, “My designs are fueled by music, design, respect for the earth, and all people on it.” As I have grown, and really allowed myself to dive deep into finding out what make my soul tick, and I have realized that this is so much more than a business mission statement. That statement is my life mantra! I have tweaked it a bit over the years as I have grown, of course. But the sentiment has always stayed the same.
“My life is purposefully orchestrated and fueled by nature’s medicine, community, music, design, respect for the earth, and all people on it.”
In life there are ebbs and flows, ups and downs, days of joy-filled light, and nights of heart-wrenching darkness. I am here to say it is ok, Sister. There are certain patterns and cycles to our daily lives that may seem out of your control. I am here to let you know that you can shift those patterns, change those cycles, and be a warrior advocate of your own life’s path!
I have embraced the fact that I am a true creative soul. I am grateful for this gift (which I also refer to as my superpower), and I am ready to use it to serve and support you. I don’t always agree with the “norm”, or fit into any kind of label or box. I don’t always go along with the beliefs of what society may call a “conventional” Mama, or business owner, or citizen of this earth. I am 100% alright with that fact. Actually, I would love for the “norm” to shift into more of a collective understanding and acceptance of people’s different lifestyle choices.
I also know that I am not alone in this school of thought. There are many like-minded women out there feeling pulled by what they “should” be doing, wearing, using on their bodies, consuming, working on, raising, and loving, that they are parallelized in overwhelm and fear. I am here to give you permission to let that all go.
Nobody on this planet has the right to tell you what is right for you, and what you should be doing but you. You know this already, I am sure, but do you believe it? Do you practice your unique choices that add-up to having the life you want? You are so powerful, loving, wise, and open. You need to own all of that! Really own it. Own it in every decision that you make for yourself. Be bold in your choices. Play around with what feels right for you, because all the answers don’t just come magically down upon you when you call out for them. You have to do the work. With the work will comes mistakes. It is ok. Keep going.
I have done the work. I am still doing the work. It never stops, and I think that is a glorious concept to hold on tight to. Remember the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs, because wherever you are in that cycle you can rest assured that life will go on and you will be propelled forward.
In my previous lives I have been insecure, full of self doubt, and on survival mode. Slowly I woke up and and got still. Still enough to hear and accept my truth. From that point on, I choose to live in a conscious way.
My life’s journey got me a bachelor’s degree from Marist College in the study of Fashion Merchandising. Soon after that, I had a “calling” to ditch the east coast and try out the west, so that is what I did. I called the San Fransisco Bay area my home-base for a couple of years. I learned what is was like to work for a large corporation as a Women’s Stylist and Assistant Manager of the Visual Merchandising department. Life then lead me back to the east coast, and I landed an amazing job as an assistant buyer and merchandise manager for a local store that has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. I moved again, moved again, and then moved again back to where I started when I found my husband.
I wanted to try our being a floral designer, so that is what I did. When that didn’t fill my soul, I landed a job with a company that has taught me boundless lessons throughout the years in customer service and sales. I had a child, and then another, and then another until I realized I just couldn’t and didn’t want to work full-time outside of the home. I shifted to part-time and stayed in that position for years more. I started an Etsy site in 2011 called My Sweet Marmalade, because I was so inspired by having children and wanting to sew them outfits handmade by me and with love. This is where my love affair with fashion reunited. I decided to change my focus a bit and rename my shop to Jam’n Jellybeans because I could unite two loves of mine at once (music and handmade clothing) and be even more fulfilled.
I knew in my heart that the place I wanted to raise a family wasn’t where we had started to put down some roots. My husband and I were in agreement on this, and although it is a difficult endeavor to take on, we were going to plan to move. We bought some land on the Gulf Coast of Florida that is our hearts delight. We will build our new homestead and life there. It’s a process.
See where I am going with this? It’s a process. Say it again……It’s a process. Again……..It’s a process.
Living a natural lifestyle, essential oils organically found their way into our lives. I knew becoming a Wellness Advocate and setting out to share and educate others, was a right choice for me. I felt if deep within my bones that this was the right path for me. I created Gypsy Vibe Tribe to be place where all women, mamas, gypsies, and hippies to come together and feel safe, inspired, and held up by each other!
I am here to offer my hand-picked items and antidotes that I feel will serve you on your journey, and get you to the part of living in absolute joy!
I am here to be that whisper in your ear of encouragement. I will be an ass-kicker of self doubt. I will be a hope dealer and love pusher. I will offer you an opportunity to propel yourself higher.
Want to learn the details of becoming a member of the Gypsy Vibe Tribe Essential Oil Team? Or is there a project you want to collaborate on? Contact me and let’s connect!